Gina Haspel, Trump’s Nominee to Head the CIA, Won’t Say If Torture Is Immoral

CIA nominee Gina Haspel is sworn in during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in Washington.Alex Brandon/AP

Haspel helped manage the agency’s use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Gina Haspel, the acting head of the CIA and President Donald Trump’s nominee to become its next director, repeatedly refused to weigh in on the morality of torture during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The dynamic was perhaps best displayed during a back and forth with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who questioned Haspel on the agency’s record of torturing detainees it believed were connected to terrorist activity.

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